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The last portion of Interstate 95 completed in Maine was the Piscataqua River Bridge linking the New Hampshire and Maine Turnpikes. The 4,000 foot long steel arch bridge opened to traffic in 1972.

Interstate 95 follows the tolled Maine Turnpike between Exits 3 and 109 and a free route from the Augusta area north to Bangor, Houlton and the Canadian border. MaineDOT switched alignments for Interstates 95 and 295 in 2004:

  • I-95 overtook I-495 north from the Falmouth Spur at Portland to Gardner along the Maine Turnpike.
  • I-495 was redesignated along the 4.2-mile long Falmouth Spur as an unsigned route.
  • I-295 saw extension northward from Portland to Gardiner over the original I-95 alignment.

The Maine Turnpike was constructed before the Interstate system on December 13, 1947 between Kittery and South Portland. An extension of the route to Augusta followed with completion on December 13, 1955. This included the Falmouth Spur. Final work linked the turnpike south end (Exit 2) with the New Hampshire Turnpike in 1972.1

Interstate 95 Maine Guides

Interstate 95 scenes
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The Maine welcome center in Kittery for Interstate 95 includes access to U.S. 1 (Blue Star Memorial Highway) at Ledgewood Drive. A series of trailblazers directs drivers back to the Maine Turnpike or to U.S. 1 near the York town line from the access road. Photos taken 07/29/07.
Two interchanges along I-95 serve the town of Fairfield in central Maine. They are Exit 133 with U.S. 201 and Exit 132 with SR 139. SR 139 travels through Fairfield with SR 11/100 from Benton to the east. Beyond U.S. 201 near the town center, SR 139 continues westward a short distance to I-95. The state route overall travels between U.S. 2 at Norridgewock and U.S. 1A at Winterport. Photo taken 06/27/05.
SR 139 meets Interstate 95 at Exit 132 on the outskirts of Fairfield. I-95 encircles Fairfield from the west and north, spanning the Kennebec River on the northeasterly course to Clinton. SR 139 continues west from the freeway to Fairfield Center. Photo taken 06/27/05.
Entering the diamond interchange with Interstate 95 on SR 139 north. I-95 northbound meets U.S. 201 nearby on the 25 mile drive to Newport. Augusta lies 20 miles southward along the Kennebec River. Photo taken 06/27/05.
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A diamond interchange at Exit 286 joins Oakfield Road with Interstate 95 near Smyrna Mills. Photos taken 06/27/05.
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Oakfield Road leads south from Smyrna Mills to Interstate 95 at Exit 286. I-95 originates to the east from New Brunswick, Canada, and turns south from the town of Oakfield toward Bangor. Photos taken 06/27/05.
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I-95 north leads east to U.S. 2 (Silver Ridge Road) near Ludlow at Exit 291. Oakfield Road parallels the East Branch of the Mattawamkeag River southward toward the village of Dyer Brook. Photos taken 06/27/05.

Sources:
  1. Maine Turnpike (I-95), BostonRoads.com.


Photo Credits:

    06/27/05 by AARoads and Carter Buchanan. 07/29/07 by AARoads.

Connect with:
Interstate 195
Interstate 295
Interstate 395
Interstate 495 - Falmouth Spur
U.S. 1
U.S. 2
U.S. 201
U.S. 202

Page Updated 02-05-2015.